27 | Paris
The Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt flea market was our first port of call this morning, searching through alleys full of stalls in hopes of hidden treasure. We had to wade through countless stalls selling knock-off luxury goods, sneakers and iPhone cases before we got to anything noteworthy, where the stalls suddenly had a very different vibe to them, with beautiful, vintage 'we can't afford you' Chanel, YSL and Dior jewellery pieces, fabulous furniture and lighting and lots of art. Another experience of everything we liked being too big for our suitcases, which was a bit of a shame.
A few rides on the Metro and a walk along the Champs-Elysees. Of course, we couldn't have visited here without stopping in to buy macarons at Laduree - although this time we had to queue for some time before we got our box of treats. We took advantage of another clear and sunny day and climbed the windy stairs to the top of the Arc De Triumph - all 283 of them. More beautiful views, and a lot less windy than on the platforms of the Eiffel Tower. The metro to Opera, a visit to French department sore Galleries Lafayette where people seemed completely manic for shopping. There was either a really good sale going on that we weren't able to understand, or the French really love to shop. Later we bought groceries for a hotel feast, giant sandwiches inclusive of stinky cheese, and our colourful macarons for dessert.